Get to Know the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has been considered the gold standard for Hawaiian Hospitality, ever since the two iconic Thai gold statues were placed in the lobby in 1965. These statues along with 1,600 other art pieces were just part of developer Laurance Rockefeller's vision when he opened the most expensive hotel to build (at the time) and reported to be the most expensive hotel in the state. He blasted out the pesky coral reef (it seemed OK to do this back then) to create what has been called the most beautiful bay in the world, spent $15 million to build an American Institute of Architect award-winning hotel (still one of the few in the state) and commissioned celebrity golf course architect to come up with a revolutionary way to build golf course on lava. After a major renovation the property went added amenities such as deep soaking tubs, modern updates (including TVs which were famously absent until the 90s) and in 2016, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel became part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. What's remained? The 7th century pink granite Buddha statue (touch him for good luck), Koi pond with some of the original fish and gentle waves of Kaunaoa Bay. Book Now.
The award-winning Kaunaoa Beach fronting the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is pristine —no reef, barely any rocks along the white sand beach, which stretches for about half a mile and the waters are generally calm. Snorkeling is popular along both sides of the beach. Tidepools await on the southern tip, and stand up paddle boards, boogie boards and snorkeling gear can be rented onsite. At night manta rays show up just below Manta restaurant, attracted by lights, swimming is allowed, just give these gorgeous creatures room to feed (on plankton) freely.
Guests have many onsite dinning options. The famous luau usually happens on Tuesday and Friday and the Clambake, an abundant buffet – offers all-you-can-eat Keahole Maine lobster, sashimi, shrimp, crab claws, oysters, mussels and clams on Saturday. The causal Copper Bar just won "Grand Award" for "Best bar of the year" from Andrew Harper and the recently renovated Manta restaurant lounge has opened a private dining room for special occasions. 808-882-5707
World Famous Golf
This historical course was christened by Golf's Big Three, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus on December 1964, which was televised nationwide. After an extensive refresh by Rees Jones Jr, (his father built the original course) the number of bunkers have increased to 99, overall yardages have expanded by about 200 yards from the tips, and multiple tees will challenge all levels of players. Throughout the years, it continues to receive accolades including Golf Digest, America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, 2009-2016. Golfboards available, for rates and to book a tee time click here.
Occupancy: Unlike most hotels, at Mauna Kea, the policy is 3 persons max per room. For families, the connecting rooms and suites of the Beachfront Wing is a perfect setting. For larger families, adjoining rooms and suites are available. Roll away beds are available for $80. And to help make this doable, they offer the Family Promotion (includes breakfast) special with a 2nd room at 50% off.
Beach: Kauna'oa Bay is about a half mile from rocky end to tidepools. The white sand beach is well groomed and the water is usually very calm. Depending on the season there is often a raft offshore–a great destination for an afternoon swim. Stand up paddle board, boogie boards and snorkeling, equipment available for rent.
Pool: Originally built in 1965, the extra large round pool is big enough for lots of swimmers and because it was built many years ago, it is 10 feet deep, newer pools by law are more shallow. The large stairs are a popular for new swimmers. Cabanas and food service available.
Parking: Valet and self-parking available (daily fees apply). Airport shuttle can be arranged through the concierge for a fee.
Airport: Having a car is a good idea here, as there are not easy Uber or cab options. The hotel can arrange a shuttle for about $70 per person. Daily rental cars through Enterprise available onsite however Having a rental car is a good idea here, as there are no Uber or Lyft options and cabs are infrequent.
Massages | Body Treatments | Facials | Salon Services
The Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara offers a combination of Balinese and Hawaiian-inspired therapies and uses signature Elemis product line. The full service facility offers five treatment rooms including a couples suite with balneotherapy.
Call for reservations: 808-882-5630.
The Mauna Kea Lū‘au - Created for Newsweek magazine back in the 60's The Mauna Kea Hawaiian happens every Tuesday and Friday 6:00pm-8:30pm
Mauna Kea Clambake - features Keahole Maine lobster, sashimi, shrimp, crab claws, oysters, mussels and clams plus prime rib of beef and a decadent dessert bar all accompanied by Hawaiian music for dancing in the sand. Every Saturday 6pm-8pm
Manta Restaurant - Breakfast Daily, Sunday Brunch, and Dinner (call for evening dining availability
Copper Bar - Casual open air lounge style option for light snacks and drinks, Open daily 11am-11pm
Hau Tree & Gazebo Bar Located right on the award-winning beach. Open daily 11am-sunset
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World Luxury Hotel Award
Travelers' Choice Award
World Luxury Spa Award
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